Sport Bo Jackson of the Kansas City Royals stands ready at the plate during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in 1990

In the United States, Bo Jackson is revered as one of the country’s greatest ever athletes. He broke no world records and is in no Hall of Fame, yet those who saw him simultaneously in the NFL and MLB still spread his legend.

Baseball: Bonds finally in court on drugs charge as media circus hits town

San Francisco Giants star stands accused of perjury over 2007 claim that he had never taken steroids

Players and public hit out as baseball season begins

It's an old and often angry debate: during a national tragedy with thousands displaced, a nation traumatised and bodies still being counted, should athletes retire from the field in respectful silence – or play on? Japan's most popular sport has become the latest casualty of the country's worst disaster since the Second World War after baseball officials postponed the start of the season in one of the two professional leagues.

Stella stars beneath the chandeliers

Stella McCartney opened the proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday, choosing as her location the Opera Garnier.

Police concern for missing girl

A 14-year-old girl has run away from home and may be with a man she met on the internet, police said today.

Michael Kim: What’s the potentially greatest baseball player in history worth?

Michael Kim, host of ESPN America’s SportsCenter, examines the ongoing contract talks between superstar Albert Pujols and the St Louis Cardinals

DVD: Charlie St Cloud (12)

To millions of teenagers, Zac Efron means just one thing: High School Musical, in which he plays Troy Bolton, East High School heartthrob.

Bob Feller: Prodigious baseball pitcher who earned the nickname 'Rapid Robert'

Bob Feller was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. In his 20-years career with the Cleveland Indians, he won 266 games and struck out 2,581 batters in an era when strike-outs were harder to come by.

Secret to Beane's success: Study of data that no one else had thought to study

Information is everywhere. It's how you use it that counts, the American tells Ian Herbert

Baseball: Giants cruise to two-game lead

The Texas Rangers vowed to make the best use of home-turf advantage after being humiliated by the San Francisco Giants 9-0 in Game Two on Thursday evening to fall 2-0 behind in the best-of-seven World Series.

Baseball: Giants hit the ground running

The opening game of the World Series was supposed to be a pitching duel, but batters ruled as the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 11-7 to take an early lead in the best-of-seven series on Wednesday night.

Baseball: Yankee great charged over drug 'lies'

Baseball great Roger Clemens, one of the best pitchers in the sport's history, was indicted yesterday on a series of charges related to lying to the US Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs.

Bobby Thompson: Baseball player who hit ‘the shot heard round the world’

For most students of history, the "shot heard around the world" is either the one at Concord, Massachusetts in 1775 that started the American War of Independence, or the one that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914. But for baseball fans it means something else: the most famous home run of all, hit by Bobby Thomson to win the National League pennant for the New York Giants in 1951.

Yankees bid tearful farewell to 'The Boss'

George Steinbrenner, the long-time owner of the New York Yankees and one of the most colourful and controversial figures in US sport died in Florida yesterday. Media reports said Steinbrenner, who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this month, suffered a massive heart attack at his home in Tampa and was rushed to hospital.

Sumo taken off air in gambling scandal

For the first time since it began televising sumo tournaments 57 years ago, Japan's public broadcasting network has decided not to screen the upcoming competition live because of an illegal gambling scandal.

Baseball: Pitcher robbed of perfect game

Sport is rarely short of a hard luck story but there can have been few to match that of Armando Galarraga, a journeyman pitcher from the Detroit Tigers who had his moment of moments snatched from him by an official's grievous error. The perfect game is achieved by few – just 20 in 135 years of Major League history, although oddly two have been thrown this season already – and Galarraga was on the verge of adding his name to the list when Jim Joyce, the first-base umpire, denied the 28-year-old Venezuelan the all-important final out.

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